Suzanne L. West

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BACKGROUND Gallbladder cancer has an unusual geographic and demographic distribution, suggesting many possible etiologies. METHODS A case-control study was undertaken at four hospitals in La Paz, Bolivia, and at one hospital in Mexico City, Mexico. Eighty-four patients with newly diagnosed, histologically confirmed gallbladder cancer were compared with(More)
In order to evaluate potential risk factors for the development of hospital-acquired acute renal failure, a case-control study was performed, comparing patients with hospital-acquired acute renal failure with control subjects matched on age, sex, hospital, service of admission, and baseline renal function. The same patients were then reanalyzed utilizing a(More)
BACKGROUND An important concern for developers of clinical practice guidelines is how best to determine when guidelines require updating to ensure they remain current and evidence based. Because of the high costs associated with updating guidelines, recent attention has focused on approaches that can reliably assess the extent of updating required.(More)
BACKGROUND We sought to estimate the prevalence of low sexual desire and hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in US women, focusing on their menopausal status. METHODS We performed a cross-sectional study. From a probability sample of households, 2207 US women aged 30 to 70 years and in stable relationships (>or=3 months) were interviewed by(More)
Circulating insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) and IGF-binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) levels have been associated with common diseases. Although family-based studies suggest that genetic variation contributes to circulating IGF-I and IGFBP-3 levels, analyses of associations with multiple IGF-I and IGFBP-3 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) have been(More)
Use of electronic health record (EHR) content for comparative effectiveness research (CER) and population health management requires significant data configuration. A retrospective cohort study was conducted using patients with diabetes followed longitudinally (N=36,353) in the EHR deployed at outpatient practice networks of 2 health care systems. A data(More)
BACKGROUND Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death and the seventh leading cause of years of potential life lost in the United States. Although suicide is of great public health significance, its clinical management is complicated. PURPOSE The authors systematically reviewed the literature to determine whether screening for suicide risk in primary care(More)
OBJECTIVE To test the hypotheses that there is an excess percentage of slow acetylators among patients with idiopathic systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and that these patients had excessive exposure to environmental amines and hydrazines before the onset of illness. METHODS Case-control study with structured interview and acetylation phenotyping. (More)
OBJECTIVE Although variants in the transcription factor 7-like 2 (TCF7L2) gene are consistently associated with type 2 diabetes, large population-based studies of African Americans are lacking. Moreover, few studies have investigated the effects of TCF7L2 on type 2 diabetes in the context of metabolic risk factors of type 2 diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND(More)
African American, Hispanic, and White women between 12 and 32 weeks gestation were recruited to examine their depression treatment preferences. The 73 women who participated were interviewed after their prenatal visit. Nineteen percent of women had symptoms of moderate or severe depression. Women with moderate or severe symptoms of depression were more(More)